From the stage of the Women in the World (WITW) conference, a summit organized by media powerhouse Tina Brown for the sixth year in a row, Sunitha Krishnan, a feisty Indian anti-trafficking activist, asked the audience: “Why are we silent? Why do we sit and expect someone else to ring the bell?”

She wanted to know why her campaign to stop rape by shaming rapists has found such little support. Yet her question, angry at the state of things (“enough is enough!” she declared), begged for a deeper answer. When the moderator asked what could the audience do to help, Krishnan said she was worried the conference would amount to a couple of days spent with great women in a nice, air-conditioned environment, listening to inspiring stories and revealing good intentions that ultimately were not going to result in much action.

That is, indeed, a legitimate worry to have as women’s conferences are frequent (at the time of writing, two big events, WITW and Power of Women‘s luncheon, took place in New York alone this week). Year after year, events like WITW dot the influencers’ agendas, little progress toward true gender equality appears to be made. Women are working in all corners of the world to improve the conditions of their sisters—but there is no real movement, and movements get things done.

Rest on quartz, where it was first published.

Feminism doesn’t need more inspiration—it needs more anger